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Relocate User folders into Google drive folder?

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    Relocate User folders into Google drive folder?


    My buddy wants me to relocate his Documents and Pictures folders (by going to Properties/Location tab/Move on those folders) so that they would be in his Google Drive folder, and thereby backed up automatically to the cloud. Has anyone here tried that, or have any thoughts about it? I know that Windows can be touchy about certain things, not sure about this. Thanks

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    Hi Vincenzo,

    See User Folders - Change Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums (applies to 8). There's nothing wrong with changing the location this way.

    Vadim
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    I guess I wasn't clear in my question. I know how to move the folders, I am just not sure if moving them into the Google Drive folder will create any problems.

    Thanks
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    And why would it create problems? Google Drive folder is just another folder, as far as the file system is concerned.
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    Michigan
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    Windows 8.1 64bit


    Here's what I did in Windows 8 using the desktop Sky Drive app and works well. Created a Document, Music, Picture folders in Sky drive. During the install of the desktop Sky drive app I set Sky drive to use/sync to my external 3 terabyte drive. In the desktop explorer I went to Skydrive (which now points to the external drive), right clicked on the Document folder and added it to the Documents Library. Then in the explorer pane in the desktop explorer I right clicked on the Documents Library, Selected "Properties" from the context menu. Under the Library Locations I clicked on the Document location on the external drive and clicked on Set Save Location. Repeat for other Libraries. Now when I save or accesses a document it saves or opens a document from my Sky drive (really the local synced location which is faster). I realize I have the document really in two locations - local folder and Sky drive - but when accessing the library it seems as one location and applications - Media Player - work well, sharing my music between PC's and the performance is great as it's really playing from the local sync'd location. Haven't used Google drive folder but should be able to do some thing along the same lines.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Do it the way Jladwig suggests, it should work.

    Ok I just set it up - I installed Googol Drive, synced my folders, and I got most of 15 GB free. I set up "My Documents" in my Library like this:

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    And then I opened a WORD Doc and saved it, choosing "Libraries-Documents-Documents" as the destination. It went into my Googol drive.

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    I would refrain from totally changing the location of My Documents from it's default location to /User/GoogolDrive/Documents, simply add Googol Drive into the Documents Library then you can choose it as a destination, and it will save on your PC and Cloud at trhe same time.

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    Cos we only have 15 GB on Googol Drive, and I have a few hundred gigs of data in my Documents fodder.
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    jladwig, thanks for that info, looks good. I've done a test the way I originally stated on just one user folder, it seems ok. But I like your way of doing it and may switch it over if anything funny happens.

    XweAponX, thanks for trying that.

    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    I would refrain from totally changing the location of My Documents from it's default location to /User/GoogolDrive/Documents,
    What is your reason for not wanting to move My Documents into Google Drive? Is it just about the size issue? I've been concerned that Windows may have some permissions issue or conflict with the Google Drive configuration that could mess things up.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    The permissions may be different, usually I don't mess with default libraries, but adding to them is no problem
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    Windows 8 Pro x64


    jladwig's method is a good workaround. One thing to keep in mind is that some programs create their folders e.g. in My Documents. Therefore, files kept in these folders won't get synced.

    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    The permissions may be different, usually I don't mess with default libraries, but adding to them is no problem
    Permissions won't be different, because Google Drive folder is not different from any other folder you create inside your profile. Permissions are different when you move personal folders to another drive.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I guess as long as it is in your user folder, it will be the same then.
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